March 19, 2014

Obamacare and basketball go together, at least when Kobe Bryant is in the spotlight.

Washington Post:

So, when Dan Patrick, former "SportsCenter" anchor and host of the eponymous (and terrific) radio show, asked Kobe who Obama's game reminded him of, we were intrigued. (The full clip is at the bottom of this post.)

Bryant first went with a left-handed version of former Nugget Michael Adams - once ranked #4 in a list of the "Greatest Short NBA Players of All Time." "Man, ugly shot, but he could score," Patrick said of Adams.

Bryant then thew out another player --- Nate "Tiny" Archibald, who at 6' 1'' and 160 lbs. was not exactly a giant in the NBA either. Archibald did, however, lead the league in scoring and assists in the 1972-73 season. "I’m sure the president leads the White House games," Bryant said.

What do Adams and Archibald have in common? They were good scorers, hard workers and, well, short. They're not superstars like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird or, well, Kobe. Or giants like Dikembe Mutombo or Wilt Chamberlain.

Obama himself has drawn comparisons between his game and that of Tiny Archibald. As our colleague David Maraniss wrote in 2012, Obama modeled his game after Archibald. "As a teenager growing up in Hawaii, he dreamed the big hoops dream," Maraniss wrote. "He had posters of the soaring Dr. J on his bedroom wall. A lefty, he practiced the spin moves of Tiny Archibald."

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